Como-Pickton headed to travel friendly district 16-2A
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Feb. 2, 2006 - After seeing the latest District 16-2A realignment by the University Interscholastic League, Como-Pickton football coach and athletic director Joe Ryzman is very pleased with where they ended up for the 2006-2008 period.

"I am not disappointed because the pluses-and-minuses equal themselves out and competition-wise is about the same as it was," the coach said. "What I am really happy about is the traveling since we don't have to go to Caddo Mills and Edgewood; and Winnsboro and Hawkins are right down the road from us." 

The Eagles lost three teams in Caddo Mills, Edgewood and Lone Oak, and welcomed the Winnsboro Red Raiders and the Hawkins Hawks. Winnsboro dropped down from Class 3A this year, while Alba-Golden, Grand Saline and Quitman stayed intact from the previous realignment period.

Ryzman said going from a seven-team district into the new six-team alignment didn't affect things much in terms of the football season.

"It doesn't change things that much but just adding a extra game to the schedule, and there were some good points and some bad points. I know that we will be fighting it out with Winnsboro," Ryzman said.

In terms of the other sports Como-Pickton participates in during the school year, Ryzman said girls basketball and the boys basketball team will lose two tough teams.

"Winnsboro is always a powerhouse in girls basketball and it will be a challenge to play them. They don't play volleyball and neither did Caddo Mills so that basically stayed the same," he said. "The district basically stays the same to me. Edgewood was a powerhouse in boys basketball and we lost them. It is a plus for us in terms of basketball losing Edgewood and Caddo Mills."

In other area districts, the Cumby Trojans football team is now in District 17-A with Celeste, Dallas A+ Academy, Fruitvale, Quinlan Boles and Wolfe City.

The Trojans lost Rivercrest, Detroit and Melissa in the new realignment as Rivercrest is now in an eight-team district in District 15-2A, Melissa moves to District 13-2A, while Detroit moves to District 19-A.

In basketball, the Trojans move in District 18-A, Div. I, along with Gilmer Union Hill, Quinlan Boles, North Hopkins and Yantis, which is moving up from Division II.

The other district involving county teams is in District 22-A, Div. II as Campbell, Miller Grove, Dodd City, Ladonia Fannindel, Roxton, Saltillo, Savoy and Sulphur Bluff will battle for the next two years. Campbell moves down from Division I, while Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff move west from the Texarkana-area district they are now in.

In Class 3A, the old District 11-3A was split up. With Winnsboro moving down to 2A, Mount Vernon is now in 16-3A with Atlanta, Pittsburg, Liberty-Eylau and Pleasant Grove. Emory Rains and Commerce will team up with Nevada Community, Quinlan Ford, Royse City and Wills Point in 10-3A.

Cooper, meanwhile, stays in much the same district with Clarksville, DeKalb, Honey Grove, Paris Chisum and Prairiland with the addition of Rivercrest moving back up from Class A. Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill is also in the district for basketball only.

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